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Tebogo Monama and Namhla Tshisela
Gates at schools in Soweto were yesterday locked and pupils loitered in the streets because of the ongoing public sector strike.
Parents and pupils were uncertain about when teachers would return to classes. They said they had not been properly briefed about the teachers' strike.
"We don't know when to go back to school or when we will start writing exams. I am worried that I might fail and have to start over again," said Thapelo Mokwena, a matric pupil at Thabo High School.
Mokwena and his schoolmates now study in local libraries in desperate preparation for exams.
Matriculants were supposed to have started writing examinations this week.
Victor Lebakeng, a parent, said he was worried the strike would affect his children's futures.
Onismous Mashile, 20, a student at the South West Gauteng College said lecturers there had also downed tools. He said students were under pressure because they were forced to learn on their own.